- Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:06 pm
Thanks for the question! In this example "as a result" doesn't indicate the author's opinion (that's what a conclusion is), but rather it just tells us a cause and effect relationship: four speeding tickets resulted in higher insurance rates. That's a factual statement, or, in LSAT language, a premise.
The conclusion is what the author believes and is trying to persuade the reader to believe, as well. So the author's opinion isn't that his insurance rates increased—again, that's just a fact he tells us. The author believes that that increase was undeserved. And it's that belief that serves as the conclusion.
I hope that helps!
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